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Not only did it run circles around most of the games we tested more on that belowbut it also survived Engadget's standard battery test for a staggering four and a half hours -- by far the longest-lasting gaming rig of its size that we've ever tested. In a category where two MSI GT70 Dragon Edition ENE Radio Switch is considered a good showing, more than four is simply unprecedented. Intel's latest chipset is probably the reason, making good on its promise to sip less wattage than Ivy Bridge.


If Haswell can do this with a gaming laptop, we can't wait to see how far it'll stretch out a longevity-focused Ultrabook. When consumers buy a inch gaming behemoth, battery life doesn't usually top their lists: The Dragon Edition has plenty of both.

Not surprising, considering the stuff it's made of. Suffice to say, this rig shrugged off our day-to-day workflow like it was idling. We found its storage configuration to be quite fast as well with 1. MSI says it's looking into the issue, and hopes to have a solution soon. Not into benchmark scores?


Here's a more practical look at how fast the drive is: Skyrim chugged along at 75 frames-per-second in outdoor environments, jumping an extra 10 in dungeons, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II flirted with triple digits by flaunting a 92 fps average. Both titles were configured to their highest available settings.

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Battlefield 3 managed an impressive 70 fps when tuned to ultra-high detail, followed closely by a PhysX-enabled Batman: Arkham City at 61 fps. Grand Theft Auto IV's bustling city trailed behind with a respectable 40 fps average.

Newer games didn't give the system pause either -- Bioshock Infinite averaged 56 frames-per-second on ultra-high quality and FarCry 3 averaged about New silicon or not, we were determined to make the Dragon stutter. Naturally, we loaded up The Witcher 2 and Crysis 3 -- two games known for pushing gaming hardware to its limits. Tuned to their maximum visual settings, these titles finally gave the new GT70 something to groan about. The Witcher 2 initially clocked a middling 25 fps, just under the fps threshold that many gamers consider the bare minimum. Crysis 3 fared even worse, falling in at 19 frames-per-second.

Of course, these low framerates didn't last long -- switching off The Witcher 2's Ubersampling feature allowed the game to run at an impressive 55 frames-per-second on ultra-high quality with Crysis 3 seeing similar speeds when tuned to medium. We were MSI GT70 Dragon Edition ENE Radio Switch able to eke a bit more out of Crysis 3, tweaking its settings to a comfortable high-fidelity middle ground that averaged about 40 fps. In a pinch, one could turn down game settings and get by, but don't expect the eye-melting wonders we cite above: The Dragon is truly a beast, evidenced not only by its impressive performance, but also by the massive heat it's capable of generating. While most of the laptop stays at a comfortable medium-warm temperature during intense gaming, the area under its main left-side vent can get uncomfortably hot. Thankfully, it doesn't have to get that hot -- the machine's aforementioned "cooler boost" mode keeps the area at a tolerable temperature, and is a must when gaming on one's lap.

Make sure you plug in a pair of headphones, however, as the fan is excessively loud when switched into overdrive. The temperature control is worth the extra decibels, of course, but we couldn't stand leaving it on all the time. Software A lot of gamers spend their first MSI GT70 Dragon Edition ENE Radio Switch hours with a PC unloading unwanted software -- photo editors and media player trials from companies nobody's ever heard of, unwanted music suites and more. It's a bit of a hassle. While MSI does have a habit of loading its machines with excess programs, the situation seems to get better with every unit we see.

The original GT70 packed an entire suite of multimedia-management bloatware, for instance, but the Dragon edition has the good form to keep these "freebies" to a minimum.

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Aside from the somewhat-standard Norton Internet Security trial, almost everything on the machine is here for a good reason. MSI's system control manager app offers a one-stop shop for all the machine's basic settings, and its MSI GT70 Dragon Edition ENE Radio Switch LED Manager allows the user to customize the laptop's keyboard backlight color, as the name implies. There's a third-party network manager too, and those Sound Blaster audio tools -- software packages that compliment the laptop's hardware rather than weight it down. Those of you with a favorite media player may have cause to MSI GT70 Dragon Edition ENE Radio Switch the Dragon's default, however -- Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 spins Blu-ray discs well enough, but we had to update it before it would do so without freezing. It's also littered with advertisements for new films, so it's a bit of an eyesore during use.

It does the job, but we would have preferred something with more subtlety. The only notable addition to the new GT70's software lineup is Bluestacks, which allows users to run Android apps under Windows 8. The program is definitely very nifty, but its inclusion is almost puzzling: The Android version of Angry Birds Space, for instance, was extremely difficult to play because scrolling didn't quite work with the laptop's touchpad. In most cases, you're probably better off with the Windows 8 marketplace equivalent of your favorite Android app, but if that's not an option, Bluestacks is here.

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View it as the highest-tier option in MSI's full GT70 lineup, however, and suddenly you've got options. What is the purpose of the Radio Switch Device? My older GT70 doesn't have the driver, but the newer GT70's that came after it running  Airplane mode issue, please help! - MSI Global English. Modify radio switch device only present in Windows 8.

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Note. WIN8 Default ACHI Mode. For Windows 8: To know about how to update win8 BIOS under EFI Shell  Missing: ENE.

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